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Who Are Ya? Nacer Chadli (Tottenham)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Nacer Chadli Age: 23 Position: Left winger Signed from: FC Twente Fee: £7m Did you know? As a young triallist at first club AGOVV Apeldoorn, he was forced to call himself Kaliffe to stop other clubs poaching him before he had signed a deal.

Who Are Ya? Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Emanuele Giaccherini Age: 28 Position: Winger Signed from: Juventus Fee: £6.8m Did you know? Giaccherini scored the fastest goal in Italy's international history when he netted against Haiti after 19 seconds... What's the deal? Juve were keen to sell Giaccherini to raise funds for some [.

Deadline Day

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So, transfer deadline day is finally over and Fulham managed to secure three signings to add to the team. Some quick thoughts on each one:

Dimitar Berbatov

Obviously the star signing of Fulham's transfer window. The loss of Moussa Dembele upset many but the signing of Berba on a two year contract had most Fulham fans dancing a jig of delight.

Deadline Day

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So, transfer deadline day is finally over and Fulham managed to secure three signings to add to the team. Some quick thoughts on each one:

Dimitar Berbatov

Obviously the star signing of Fulham's transfer window. The loss of Moussa Dembele upset many but the signing of Berba on a two year contract had most Fulham fans dancing a jig of delight.

Slotting in our new players

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Three signings have already been confirmed in Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla, and a forth is possibly going to happen in Åžahin from Madrid. But it is like when it is like the weather in England, we moan when it is too cold and then moan when it is too cold, we moan when we don't sign anyone and now some fans are moaning that we have no where to play them!

Slotting in our new players

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Three signings have already been confirmed in Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla, and a forth is possibly going to happen in Åžahin from Madrid. But it is like when it is like the weather in England, we moan when it is too cold and then moan when it is too cold, we moan when we don't sign anyone and now some fans are moaning that we have no where to play them!

Get Him the Damn Ball: The Brek Shea Story

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"Why never me?"

Alex Oshansky pops his TSG with this insightful piece on The Rooster, Brek Shea. You can find great soccer analysis and difficult to digest spreadsheets from Alex on his own blog, Tempo Free Soccer.

Brek Shea was a promising young MLS talent at the start of the 2011 season.

Report/Analysis: Guatemala 1-1 USA

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Ah, yes, the sweet, painful slog that is CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, there you are. Oh, how I'd missed you. First, Antigua & Barbuda make themselves more of a nuisance than hoped for, and then Guatemala does the same. Last night's 1-1 tie in Guatemala City is a worthy away point for the U.S. against a team much superior to Antigua & Barbuda, so sour grapes are not called for, but all the same, I miss watching the U.

Champions League

Top five most promising youngsters in Europe

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1. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) If you hadn't heard of Raphael Varane before the double El Clasico and the Champions League tie against Manchester United then no doubt you seriously took note of his performance. Aged just 19, he looks so incredibly comfortable yet so unbelievably reassuring in defence at one of the greatest clubs [.

Villarreal 2011-12 – Breaking down a failed season

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Villarreal had a disastrous 2011-12 ending in an agonizing relegation to the 2nd division in the dying minutes of the season. In 2010-11 Villarreal reached the semifinals of the Europa League and finished 4th in La Liga to qualify for the Champions League. I focus on the performance of Villarreal in the attacking third of the pitch in 2011 and compare it with that of 2010.

Chicago Fire

Recap: Fire Come Back To Tie Mexican League Champs Santos Laguna

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International Friendlies in the middle of the season- not one sane person likes them. They take time away from those important league matches, or that important rest time. The most you can ask fore in games like these are for no one to get hurt, and for some entertaining soccer. Last Night we had both those things.

Revs Suffer Another One Loss Defeat

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The New England Revolution lost 4-3 to the Columbus Crew on Saturday night, the thirteenth time this season, New England Revolution has lost by a single goal. All but one of the club's defeats this season have been by one goal. That is the sort of stat that must keep Jay Heaps awake at night.

Chicago 2 - 1 New England: MacDonald's First is the Decider in the Revs' 4th Straight Loss

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It was another disappointing road result for the Revs tonight as they fell 2-1 to the Chicago Fire, bringing their 2012 record to 6-13-5 with still only one road win on the season. Meanwhile, with tonight's result the Fire sit comfortably in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference standings and look more than ready to extend their campaign into the post-season.

Alvaro Fernandez - A bit of analysis

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As you are all now well aware of Alvaro Fernandez has been acquired by the Chicago Fire for allocation money. This can only be described as a huge boost for the Fire organization. Fernandez has been a main stay in the very good Seattle offensive attack over the last few years. His production has fallen off from last season to this season.

Calen Carr voted MLS Player of the Week

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Soccer by Ives may have picked some English guy in Los Angeles to win the honor, but MLS had other ideas, announcing today that Houston Dynamo forward/midfielder Calen Carr was voted MLS Player of the Week.

What a fitting honor for a guy who is just back from injury, saw his team sign the excellent Boniek Garcia as a DP to fill what had become his position and after recovering from concussion he received in his Chicago Fire days, had serious doubts he might ever play again.

Feilhaber Finds His Form

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Benny Feilhaber notched his first goal and assist of the season on Saturday and helped lift the Revolution to a 2-0 win over Chicago. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Benny Feilhaber wants the ball at his feet no matter where he is on the field. That much is certain about the Brazilian-born Revolution midfielder who has spent time behind the strikers, at left wing, and in central midfield.

Videos

Video: Cow pitch invasion in Poland

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A match in Poland was halted at the weekend because a cow had invaded the pitch. The bovine hooligan made some nice runs down the left wing before driving into the penalty area. But she showed she was prepared to track back too she's doesn't expect to stay in the box while you [...]


Top five insane Roberto Carlos goals

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Brazil legend Roberto Carlos has announced he's hanging up his boots. OTP wishes him all the best for the future and celebrates five of his craziest goals. 1. That free-kick vs France The ultimate bendy free-kick and one of the most talked about goals ever to be scored in a meaningless friendly tournament.

D.C. United

It’s time for DC United to control possession

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When you take the hands out of a game, you remove man's special tool for refined play and frustration becomes the order of the day. The low scoring rate in soccer reflects that reality.

There are two ways to address the problem, run up your opponent's frustration by forcing him to make more passes to get to the goal or minimize your own frustration by accepting the delay and beating it with cunning and skill.

Frustrated United still looking for answers

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When you take the hands out of a game, you remove man's special tool for refined play and frustration becomes the order of the day. The low scoring rate in soccer reflects that reality.

There are two ways to address the problem, run up your opponent's frustration by forcing him to make more passes to get to the goal or minimize your own frustration by accepting the delay and beating it with cunning and skill.

No Satisfaction: Red Bulls Settle for 1-1 Draw in Toronto

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Henry Congratulates Solli on His Second Goal in Two GamesA stuttering, disjointed display in Toronto on Saturday was only enough to earn the New York Red Bulls a 1-1 draw and a single point, as they fell two points behind DC United atop the Eastern Conference standings (albeit with a game still in hand).

Player ratings & analysis: Union 2-1 DCU

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There was a moment in Tuesday's US Open Cup match that crystallized just how brilliant Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan can be and why we don't constantly see it.

In the 75th minute, he took the ball from a deep-lying central position, dribbled through three defenders, and sent a low through ball long to his brother, Gabriel, who was cutting down the left wing.

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Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Revs @ Crew

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Well, at least we scored some goals, right?

Seriously, though, despite the loss, the Revs weren't all that bad in this one. Granted, the defense was clearly the weak link, falling back into old habits and what have you, but at least there were a few bright spots. And, if you've read this segment before, you know I like the bright spots.

Olympics: Senegal’s Papa Souare Fly-Kicks Mexican Player In The Head, Only Gets A Yellow Card (Video)

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Mexico would eventually win their quarter-final clash (after extra time) 4-2 against Senegal today, but amidst all the goals, Papa Souare's Bruce Lee impression in the second-half certainly stood out.

The left wing-back launched himself at Mexico's Hector Herrera, kicking the defender right in the gob.

The losses continue to mount KC 2 TFC 0

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What a mess. TFC played for a new coach tonight , Paul Mariner's debut, but the same old team wore the shirt. A different formation as TFC returned to the traditional 4-4-2, but the players seemed keen on demonstrating that they can be beaten in any formation. The first half was hard to watch.

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WANTED: SOMEONE TO PLAY DOWN OUR LEFT THIS SEASON!

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I couldn't help but think to myself watching the Brighton v Chelsea disaster at the weekend, that Eden Hazard doesn't want to be playing out on the left wing does he?. How many times did we see him come inside and even at one stage, pop up on the right wing!.

I just wonder if our left hand side is going to be the real problem this season?

Impact dismantle Red Bulls at Stade Saputo

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The Montreal Impact continue their Jeckyll and Hyde ways, looking terrible on the road but extremely solid at home.

The Impact were at home in Montreal on Saturday night and tore apart a New York Red Bulls defense that came in on a strong run of form. You wouldn't know it on Saturday as the Impact rolled to a 3-1 victory.

Barcelona Closing In On Jordi Alba

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It is looking that Valencia left-back Jordi Alba will be signing for Barcelona after the Euros are finished.

Alba, who is currently away with the Spanish national side ahead of Euro 2012, is reportedly on the verge of joining Barca for a fee in the region of €12 million.

Barcelona striker David Villa is hopeful the deal will be completed for the 23-year-old, who can also play on the left wing saying:

"He's one of the people I get along best with and he has had a spectacular career and it is not only Barcelona that would want him, but every team," the forward told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.

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MLS Spotlight: Red Bulls rookie Lade proving size doesn't matter

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By DAN MONTESANO

HARRISON, New Jersey-- Connor Lade is very aware of his size.

He understands that, more often than not, each time he steps onto the field he will be the shortest one out there. It's been this way his entire life, and now that he's midway into his rookie season with the Red Bulls, he knows things aren't about to change.

Victory Silenced in 2-0 Loss to Azul

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QUINCY, Mass. – Traffic on Interstate 93 delayed the Azul's arrival to Veterans Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, but they certainly weren't slowed on the field in a 2-0 win over Boston.

Sony Narro scored the opening goal in the 16th minute and Mario DeMicili added an insurance goal in the 69th minute in a game that started 30 minutes after its 7:00pm scheduled start.

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Timbers Man of the Match: Valiant Effort Edition

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Last night's match against the LA Galaxy was a confusing one for Timbers fans. Despite the team's defensive lapses the Timbers had several stand out performances in the the attack, giving some hope going forward. Nobody was perfect, but a few players stood out enough for our editors to pick them as the Man of the Match.

Has Hodgson Found the Key to Euro 2012 Success?

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Roy Hodgson now dares to dream that England are genuine contenders to win Euro 2012, and who can blame him?

Now assured of a place in the last eight of the showpiece summer tournament in Poland and Ukraine, courtesy of a 1-0 win against co-hosts Ukraine, thanks to a header from the recalled Wayne Rooney, and the Three Lions have to be taken seriously.

The Rest

Why Oxlade-Chamberlain should start in every Arsenal game!

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'The Ox' should ALWAYS start for Arsenal! by GunnerJack When fit and well Chambo has got to start for Arsenal. And why is that? The reason is that he is the only regular player in our midfield who has the power and accuracy to shoot from OUTSIDE the box and so add variety to our [...]

Joe Allen: Reserved judgment and cautious optimism

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Nicks' note: We have a Liverpool post for you today. Rather like the transfer of Oussama Assaidi, this one is completely out of the blue. Moonmoon, a writer for Sports Illustrated India, has written for BigFourZa before; and she comes out of cryogenic sleep here to stop the bad press about Joe Allen.

Hope Solo’s Angry Twitter Rant vs. Brandi Chastain

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If you don't' already follow U.S Goalkeeper Hope Solo's twitter stream, you really should.

Solo's twitter rant was in response to former WNT defender Brandi Chastain's remarks when the U.S. women's soccer team played Colombia on Saturday. During the first half, Chastain disparaged defender Rachel Buehler's ball control.

The death of the substitute

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Many football commentators still believe in some form of divide between incumbents and substitutes. I think those days are over. Welcome to the era of the incumbent that just doesn't start the game. That's a small paradigm shift which has already happened in rugby for example.

Salgado out 2-3 months with broken foot

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Vancouver Whitecaps and U.S. youth national team forward Omar Salgado will miss the next 2-to-3 months after breaking his foot, sources told Fox Soccer on Thursday.

Salgado suffered the injury while on international duty with the U.S. Under-20 men's national team, which is currently in South America for matches against Uruguay and Chile.